SC makes team to address rodents in Kiawah Island

CLEMSON, S.C. (WCIV) — The state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation announced it created the South Carolina SGA Rodenticide Task Force in order to “balance the scales between the tenuous hold of wildlife along South Carolina’s fast-developing coast and the human health concerns of the deadly diseases — like plague, hantavirus or rat-bite fever — that rodents spread.”

The task force, comprised of he Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Clemson University science researchers, local officials and the pest control industry, is in charge of researching and coming up with ways to address Kiawah Island’s rodent populations as well as the loss of several of the island’s famed bobcats, whom officials say have shown traces of rat poison in their systems.

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